Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht, director of player personnel John Spytek, director of college scouting Mike Biehl and the team’s scouts have been at the East-West Shrine Game practices and will depart for Mobile, Ala. to survey the talent at the Senior Bowl next week as the Bucs prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft and begin to stack talent on the team’s draft board. Tampa Bay has the fifth overall pick due to the team’s 5-11 finish for a second straight season, which led to the firing of head coach Dirk Koetter.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and GM Jason Licht
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bruce Arians was hired to replace Koetter and brings a veteran staff of coaches with him to Tampa Bay, including defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who primarily runs a 3-4 scheme, but will adapt his defense to fit the talent on the roster. The defense needs more playmakers in the secondary, and could use some youth along the defensive line if the team moves on from six-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy, who will turn 31 in February, and his $13 million salary. The Bucs could also use some immediate help at linebacker as Kwon Alexander and Jack Cichy are coming off torn ACLs, and Kendell Beckwith missed the entire 2018 campaign while attempting to recover from a broken ankle. Alexander has yet to be re-signed by the Bucs and is slated for free agency.

On the offensive side of the ball, more help is needed at running back where Peyton Barber was a one-man gang, while second-round pick Ronald Jones II struggled to earn playing time and didn’t do much with it once he got it after a very disappointing preseason that leads some to believe he might be a bust. The Bucs also need help along the offensive line where the right guard position is the weakest on the team, and aging and oft-injured right tackle Demar Dotson turns 34 this year. Will the Bucs re-sign underachieving left tackle Donovan Smith to a long-term extension, slap him with the one-year franchise tag, or not re-sign him at all this offseason?

Tampa Bay has a plethora of offensive weapons in the passing game, and Arians has said that Jameis Winston, who is entering his fifth-year option season, will be the unquestioned starter this year. But the Bucs do need a backup quarterback and it might be time to draft a developmental candidate after having veterans Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Griffin serve as Winston’s backups for the past two seasons.

Some of these needs will be addressed in free agency in March before the 2019 NFL Draft rolls around in April, but PewterReport.com offers up its initial Bucs’ round-by-round draft projections to provide some help in those areas. Tampa Bay had only six picks in this year’s draft after trading J.J. Wilcox to Pittsburgh in 2017, as that deal involved giving away the Bucs’ seventh-round pick in 2019.

Two weeks ago, Tampa Bay traded its 2019 sixth-round pick to Arizona for the rights to Arians and received the Cardinals’ seventh-round pick in 2019 in the exchange.

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Round 1: LSU ILB Devin White
6-1, 240 – Junior

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense needs more talented playmakers for new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and White is one of the most athletic and physical defenders in this year’s draft. With the likes of Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and Kentucky pass-rushing linebacker Josh Allen already gone, the Bucs have the chance to take either LSU cornerback Greedy Williams or LSU linebacker Devin White, and opt for White in this mock draft.

The Bucs need to replace veteran cornerback Brent Grimes in 2019, but drafting another rookie cornerback to start opposite Carlton Davis is risky, as it would leave Tampa Bay’s secondary without any veterans at the position except for Vernon Hargreaves III, the team’s first-round pick in 2016. Injuries have limited Hargreaves to just 10 games over the past two seasons, but the team was encouraged by his progress in training camp last year and wants to see how he will perform in Bowles’ defense, which will feature plenty of man coverage.

On the surface, linebacker doesn’t seem like a position of need with Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander, until you remember that Alexander is coming off a torn ACL and has yet to be re-signed. The Bucs are determining whether to re-sign him to a one-year prove-it deal, or a long-term extension, but are hesitant to do so now, and might wait until early March before the start of free agency to get an update on Alexander’s rehab.

Will he be ready for the start of training camp? Or will he miss camp and target the start of the season for his return?

Bucs LB Kwon Alexander – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs LB Kwon Alexander – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Will Alexander return to his pre-injury form in 2019? Or will he need a year’s worth of playing to get back to his Pro Bowl level during the 2020 season?

Keep in mind that Kendell Beckwith, a player capable of playing MIKE or SAM linebacker in Tampa Bay missed all of the 2018 campaign after recovering from a broken ankle last offseason. Beckwith, the team’s third-round pick in 2017, had setbacks with his ankle upon returning to practice in October after missing training camp and the preseason, and his status for 2019 remains in doubt.

The same could be said for Jack Cichy, last year’s sixth-round pick who tore his ACL in the Cleveland game shortly after Alexander tore his. Those are three linebackers whose immediate future in Tampa Bay remains cloudy, underlying the need for another playmaking linebacker that could play and make an impact in Bowles’ defense, which will feature plenty of 3-4 fronts.

White, who turns 21 in February, was the leader of the Tigers defense over the last two seasons in which he was a first-team All-SEC linebacker. After being a second-team All-American in 2017 for recording 133 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three pass breakups and one interception, White was the 2018 Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker. As a consensus All-American last year, White terrorized the SEC, leading the conference in tackles with 123 stops, 12 tackles for loss, six pass breakups, three sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

White’s LSU Career Defensive Stats
2016: 30 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 FF, 1 FR
2017: 133 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 3 PBUs, 1 INT
2018: 123 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 6 PBUs, 3 sacks, 3 FFs, 2 FRs

One of the fastest and most explosive linebackers in college football, White has drawn comparisons to Patrick Willis and Ray Lewis, and has rare sideline-to-sideline speed. When he hits, White brings the full force of his well-built 240-pound frame, and is also a dangerous blitzer.

“I’ve been a part of Ray Lewis,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron told Rivals.com. “I’ve been a part of Patrick Willis, and he’s right there. He’s one of the best I’ve ever been a part of as far as middle linebackers go. He’s very talented, and I think he’s still getting better.”

LSU ILB Devin White
LSU ILB Devin White – Photo by: LSU athletics

White played in a 3-4 defense in college and is a perfect fit for Bowles’ attack-style defense due to his ability to play on all three downs due to his speed, ability to blitz and drop in coverage. While he has to work on shedding blocks better at the next level, White has honed his instincts over the last two years and has a nose for the football. He also brings confidence and leadership ability to Tampa Bay’s defense.

LSU has a rich tradition for pumping out NFL-caliber linebackers with Tampa Bay having three of them in Alexander, Beckwith and Kevin Minter, who is also slated for free agency in 2019 after being a mid-season signing due to Alexander’s torn ACL. Other LSU linebackers in the NFL include Atlanta’s Deion Jones and Duke Riley, both of whom played with White, in addition to Seattle’s Barkevious Mingo, Detroit’s Kelvin Sheppard and Buffalo’s Corey Thompson.

White, a future Pro Bowler, is the fourth-rated player on Matt Miller’s Big Board on Bleacher Report and is featured in the Top 12 of many of the draft experts’ recent mock drafts. Bucs general manager Jason Licht has shown an affinity for acquiring LSU linebackers over the years, and White may be the most talented of them all and a player whose skill set aligns with Bowles’ attacking schemes.

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54 COMMENTS

  1. Three points
    1. I hope the Bucs take advantage of the QB hungry teams below them and trade down and get some extra picks.
    2. If we don’t trade down, I’d prefer Alabama’s Quinnen Williams at five.
    3. I am tired of mocks in January. I’d rather be talking about the Bucs next playoff game. Maybe next year.
    Go Bucs!

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  2. Not sure the Bucs will waste a pick on a QB late in the draft as this QB class is particularly week. Not sure how he feels about Fitzpatrick. Also Baltimore’s Joe Flacco is out of there. It might be interesting.

    Also agree, perhaps the Bucs trade down for two picks from a QB hungry team and get one more pick for the defense or offensive line as well as the slightly lower 1st round pick.

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    • Joe Flacco isn’t coming to a team to be a backup and he’s going to cost a lot. This weak draft class just means they shouldn’t get a guy early but there’s nothing that says they shouldn’t get one with a late pick. With Griff probably looking for an opportunity to at least be a backup and Fitzpatrick probably looking at retirement, a developmental QB to backup Winston is an underrated need.

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  3. Sorry you lost me right off the bat with this one. Our biggest needs are secondary and offensive line, and you predict Devin White to be the pick? Then you do not address the secondary until the 4th round with a guy from a small school. You also said we need some youth along the defensive line, but you dont have us taking a defensive lineman? I like the Dieter pick, but thats about it, the Henderson pick is ok to. I would give this draft a D.

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    • Agree on a poor draft. Doesn’t jive with our needs, and then….the CB…4th rounder, who’s 5’10” and 175lbs?! I’m sorry, but I don’t know how our needs translate to a grossly undersized CB that we would need to play on the outside. I rate this draft a D-….also like the Dieter pick, but not much else.

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  4. Online, secondary, and dline with a RB somewhere in the middle. Maybe not an olineman from a D3 school or a corner that’s real small. We need to draft at least 2 oline a guard and tackle. Playmakers on defense would be nice not just “ tough” guys like Licht talks about all the time.

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    • We need to take David Edwards and Beau Benschwazel out of Wisconsin in the 2nd and 3rd round. Take a defensive end in the 3rd round. Darrin Hall out of Pitt in the 5th. Draft Greedy Williams in the 1st, and take a defensive tackle in the 6th. Then we should be ready to role

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      • Sorry that meant to say Beau Benschwazel in the 4th

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        • I was gonna say, no third or sixth. You seem to have caught the mistake for the 3rd rd selection

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  5. Personally, I hope the focus of the offseason is fortifying the trenches. There was an attempt to do that on the defensive side of the ball last year. Some moves worked out; others not so much. That shouldn’t deter the front office from continuing the effort on both sides of the ball.

    One other comment: I agree that a flyer needs to be taken on a QB somewhere in the draft, but I’m not that impressed with Cornelius, primarily with his accuracy. I saw too many throws from him where his receivers had to alter their routes significantly in order to make the catch. That’s one of my biggest knocks against Jameis. I’d rather have a guy with uncanny accuracy in a QB prospect, even at the expense of pure measurables. I’m not sure Cornelius is that guy.

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  6. When it comes to college football as to players outside of the Florida Schools, I have nothing to contribute.
    I can remember Mike Smith 2 years ago and last year, saying he would adjust to the players we have on the roster; how did that go? No clue who we will pick in the 1st round because I believe we will trade down.

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  7. If you’re drafting in the top five, then you need to pick QB, OT, DL, or a Heisman candidate type skill player. There’s no quarterback worth the top five taking this draft so it should be OT or d line. It then only make sense to take the top OT in the draft, possibly in the last several drafts in Jonah Williams.

    I also would not be opposed to trading back a few slots (to 7 or 10) to get a DB (Geedy)

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  8. A lot will depend on free agency. There are a lot of Dba hitting free agency this year including HaHa Clinton-Dix and Tyrann Mathieu (Arians connection)

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  9. I don’t like the ideia of drafting another secondary guy with premium picks.
    We have in our team one first rounder and two second rounders! I believe we gotta have a veteran DB or two in FA and develop what we have this next season.
    I believe both lines should be the direction this draft specially early
    Go Bucs

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  10. You can find a LB in FA, there will be more then a few of them available from the Jets, and Cards who Bowles knows, and they know his system. What you can’t get in FA is a good LT. The Bucs can’t afford to pay top dollar for the average play of D. Smith. They have to much money invested in Marpet, and Jensen to shell out another 14 million for Smith. Let’s not forget they need to upgrade RT also. With the 6th pick if he’s still there J. Williams LT Bama. Not only would he be an upgrade over Smith you get him at a cap friendly five year contract at the most important position on the O line.

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    • Good thing we have the 5th overall pick

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  11. If this team takes an ILB fifth overall and fails to draft a Tackle in the first two days, I give up as a fan

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  12. #1 – Devin White. Im sure will be great. But we have Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander, AND Kendal Beckwith. Those are 3 high quality starters. Granted, Kwon is up in the air was the knee. Granted, adding a 4th high price player at the same position is illogical, mate. Adarius Taylor is a starter in this league and a low priced one at that. The cap needs to go to more positions of need.

    # 2 – dont know the player but the position is good,
    #3 – 100% disagree. We don’t need another RB. Barber is good. And Jones isn’t a bust yet. He needs a better coach is what I’m hoping/guessing. Jones has a ton of talent. Giving up cuz of 1 year is again – illogical.
    #4 – dont know the player but like the position (wish it was addressed a little earlier but thats ok).
    #5 – I think every draft should include a late lineman. Good pick
    #6 – Eh who cares. 6th round picks rarely work. But that said, pick up another lineman, or a really fast skill player and see what you can do. QB, nah.

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    • Is this Dirk Koetters burner account?

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  13. Don’t know too much about any of these guys. I do know that the health of our linebackers will either make that first pick you have relevant or not. There just seems to be too much talent early in this draft to take a linebacker over a lineman or one of the stud defensive lineman. I agree that it would be great if we could somehow trade back pick up an extra pick or two and then go from there. If we stay out, I’d rather go with the OT Williams from Alabama or One of the many d tackles. So much can change based on the health of certain players. Plus if they do cut McCoy, that’s a big hole to fill and just having Vea and no proven other player makes this team weak up the middle. Jpp isn’t getting any younger either. Of course the switch to some 3/4 might make non Spence and William Gholston actually effective. Hard to say.

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  14. With the fifth pick we need the best LT in the draft… u know… a kid who is 6-5, 6-6 21 years old and can bench press a tractor! If Jameis is going to be ur guy then get some horses who can protect him. Build from front to back! LBs and DBs can be found in FA this year! After questionable high round drafting we NEED to hit a homerun with our first pick! Plug him in on the line as a starter! Can’t afford to try and get cute and fudge this first pick up…I’m just saying. Go Bucs!

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  15. Devin White actually makes a lot of sense. We dont even know if Kwon will be back. If he is that means we have two LBs recovering from torn ACLs. Beckwith missed an entire season, who knows how hes gunna play when he returns. Would rather go with Greedy or one of the top DL at #5 but also would be completely fine with Devin White.

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  16. I agree with most of the posters before me that I would look to trade down in this scrum to get the best QB – not many out there. There is no team before the Bucs that need a QB and to trade up before the Bucs will be a premium. After QB Kyler Murray Joined Dwayne Haskins, Will Grier, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones in the draft, I may be tempted to trade down twice in my mock draft. First with the Jags (7) to get Haskins, then with the Broncos (10), Dolphins (13), or Redskins (15) to get the next best QB. All are QB needy teams. The Giants (6) have been rumored to want a QB and could even trade up one to be sure to get a targeted QB.

    Now this is way too early to be sure, but I’m pretty sure there will be a market at 5 for a trade. Trading down twice may be a stretch but if it happened in the first 15 picks, the Bucs could still get an impressive CB, DT or OT in the 1st RD and get 3 or 4 more picks. I say CB or OT because the draft is loaded with DE and DT talent. However, if DT Quinnen Williams or DE Josh Allen is there at 5, You can be sure that I would use all of my allotted time to decide. Lol!

    The top CBs are Greedy Williams/LSU, Byron Murphy/Washington, Deandre Baker/Georgia, and Amani Oruwayrie/Penn State. If we trade down any one of them could still be there – Oruwayrie/Tampa Gaither for sure – a Long CB that may be there at the top of the 2nd round.

    The top OTs are Jonah Williams/Bama, Greg Little/Ole Miss, and Jawaan Taylor/Florida – all 1st round rated OTs. Jonah Williams is the highest rated, but may fall because of his size. I need more info about the LBs on IR before I would even think about a LB in the 1st round even though Devin White is being lauded as the next Patrick Willis. Who wouldn’t want that guy?

    In the 2nd round OG Patrick Deiter is an OT rated 7 out of 49 OTs and may win out because of his versatility if moved to OG. But why not OG Cody Ford/Oklahoma or Chris Lindstrom/BC, the top rated OGs in the draft? I’m just guessing here.

    Hey listen guys, I have just started to look at the draft and know for sure my analysis is likely to change. Things will clear up after the Combine and as we learn more about our own players. But I firmly believe the Bucs need players and picks gets players. So at this point I’m tempted to trade down. However, patience is virtue so I’ll wait a while before I do my first mock draft. Go Bucs!

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  17. Like it very much. Protect Jameis with O linemen, develop running game with stronger line and RB, and shore up middle of D with stud LB and a Corner. Would be very pleased if it fell that way.

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  18. In this scenario I’d trade down or take either Ed Oliver / Rashan Gary / Jonah Williams and about in that order.

    Our DL is super old other than Vea / Nassib.

    Swap McCoy’s $13 mill for a premier CB. Then you draft a guy like Ed Oliver who is a pass rushing freak DT and is only 21 years old. I like OG in round 2 if we don’t land one in FA. Round 3-5 BPA at RB/DE/OT.

    We need to rebuild the D-line/front 7 into an elite unit and 1/2 the O-line before we worry about inside linebackers and corners IMO. Average corners look great on teams with elite front 7s.

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  19. I absolutely do not like the first pick. If you draft an ILB at 5 he better be Patrick Willis 2.0. I want us to build a tougher line in Tampa.
    Ideally, with the first pick we go DT or OT. If one of the pass rush ends fall to us Allen or Bosa that would be great. Either someone trades up ahead of us and takes a qb or we can trade back a bit. Greedy is probably the only non lineman I like at 5. Dieter would be awesome if he is there for us in the 2nd. I am excited for free agency and all the prerequisite roster moves. I think Licht having a great personnel evaluator in Arians will really help with the draft.

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  20. Have watched Devin White destroy teams in the SEC so can’t argue with the talent pick. That said I would focus on the trenches, starting with O-line in rounds 1&3, D Line in rounds 2 & 4, and then whatever player looks best after that. No way would I risk a pick on a RB. Once we release Rodgers I’d grab a solid veteran in FA. Same with CB, grab a solid veteran in FA.

    My caveat is that if Beckwith and Kwon look like injuries have made their returns questionable, I would revisit the defensive picks. We also need to see whether there are trade possibilities with D-Jax and McCoy to add picks or other players to fill need positions at RB and CB.

    My sleeper pick at this point would be QB David Blough from Purdue in the late rounds. He made dramatic strides under Jeff Brohm the past two years. Watch his tape vs. Ohio State. Would be a good back-up while learning the NFL.

    Can’t wait for the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and combine!

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  21. I’m not against White, but I think we have bigger needs at the moment, even if we lose Kwon. If we switch to 3-4, LVD will likely slide up into the “over” position and Beckwith would be the other MLB…so which one would White displace? Neither Beckwith or LVD as pass rushing LB’s, so they’d both lose playing time as a result. I know it’s no certainty Beckwith will come back from his injury and play at a high level, but it’s also no certainty we franchise tag or sign Donovan Smith, and it’s definitely a certainty that we have a gaping hole at RG. If the draft fell this way, where Bosa, Allen, and Quinnen are all off the board, we should be either taking, Greedy, Jonah Williams if he checks out, or looking for QB-needy team to trade back with. That way we can pick up a few additional picks and still take someone like Cody Ford, Oliver, Polite, Byron Murphy, Little, etc.

    Other than the Dieter pick, honestly this entire draft would be a major let-down. Waiting until the 4th round for a mid-major CB? Taking another undersized, non-pass catching RB…but this time from a mid-major conference? (btw, since PFF grades were brought up for Henderson…check out who PFF graded as THE best RB in college football in 2017…hint, it wasn’t Saquan Barkley and he’s on our team).

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  22. Offensive linemen please

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  23. I’m sticking with Jonah Williams at this point. You could find the same value at ILB with Devin Bush halfway through the round? Jonah may be the least risky pick at the top of this pile.

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  24. I love White, but the #5 overall pick is a little too high for him. I would take CB D. Baker from Georgia or LT J. Williams from Alabama with the #5 overall pick. White would be my 3rd option.

    As the for other picks I like RB Henderson from Memphis but I doubt he’ll be there in the 3rd round.

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    • BTW I don’t like Greedy Williams so anybody but him. He doesn’t have the right body type (too tall and not agile enough) to warrant being picked at the #5 overall spot to be a #1 CB.

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      • Skinny legs? LOL!

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        • It’s skinny legs or calves. That’s a no go for pink lol. Just messing with you pink

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  25. I’m very curious as to how the Bucs hiring BA will affect potential Free Agents thoughts about coming to play in Tampa! I think his hiring could be a game changer in that regard. If I were a Free Agent and BA asked me if I’d like to play and bring my family to Tampa Bay… I’d say hell yea! Sun, Beaches, no state income tax… let’s see how this plays across the country with the available Free Agents! I’m excited… can’t wait to see the comings and goings… I’m getting the popcorn ready now! Go Bucs!

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  26. So the initial thinking at PR is 6 picks with 4 picks for the offense and 2 for the defense:
    1. Defense(ILB)
    2. Offense(RB)
    3. Offense(OG)
    4. Defense(CB)
    5. Offense(OL)
    6. Offense(QB)

    Flip the script and they might be closer to the actual choices. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Tampa took ALL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS in the draft after a trade down or two. Offense was top 3 last year with a line that wasnt accountable. Running backs will be the most available position in free agency this year outside of Safeties.
    I think the Bucs will resign Hump and Kwon and add two Free Agent RBs and a Safety. I also think McCoy, Unrein, D.Jax, and Barber are in a different uniform next year.

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  27. Come on now, as dynamic as White is LB is far from our biggest need. It’s gotta be O-line or CB if we’re staying at 5, although my preferred scenario is trading down and hopefully picking up a 1st in 2020. That loaded QB draft class could be huge.

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  28. Not a fan of this mock for a few reason, don’t think we should take a LB at 5, this draft is flush with elite DL talent and we need to take advantage of that at 5. My preference is Oliver but not opposed to any of them if they deem one better. Not a fan of drafting another RB because at this point it’s pretty obvious Licht and the scouting department can’t identify a good one, they need to sell Kareem Hunt on the fact the we are a running game away from an offense that’s comparable with the one he left in KC. Use the draft to fix the trenches, love the 2nd round pick and wish the 3rd round pick could be used on a CB or LB. Defense needs to dominate this draft with the exception being OL. Bruce please step in and slow Jason down on draft day.

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  29. With all due respect, drafting a MLB in the top 5 of this draft would be the absolute icing on the FIRE JASON LICHT cake….

    Sure Kwon is probably gone, Cichy will take half the season to get back on the field, and Beckwith may or may not be back to form….but filling the MLB “just in case” role is why the draft has rounds beyond 2. Maybe Devin Bush is still around at the bottom of 2/top of 3 and that’s worth a trade up (a path Licht has trodden many times), but alternatively the 4th round onwards is where we got Kwon and Cichy in the first place.

    We may have the noted issues at MLB, but we don’t have a #1CB at all!!!!…and our OLine is atrocious at at least LT and RG, and we have a grandfather at RT.

    I know this mock 1.0 but let’s move on to 2.0 quickly please.

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  30. I agree, this looks like the same crap we’ve been doing for years. no way you take a linebacker with the #5 pick. we need a Left Tackle. That should be the 1st pick. If you can get who you want lower then trade down and get him but no linebacker. Have to protect the quarterback.

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  31. I’ve never professed to be a draft expert at all but I think you need to use that top 5 pick very wisely. Is LB really what we want here? He better be just amazing to pick that high. Not sure if there is a great LT but love to see Smith replaced. Not sure if Smith would or could play guard? Probably too expensive a price tag to play guard. Depending who is out there in free agency will really affect this draft. We also need safety and CB help. RB too as Jones is unproven although I do think with coaching and better o line maybe not a bust.

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  32. OK, let’s think out of the box. I’m trading down with the Jags at 7 and giving up a 3rd round pick for CB Jalen Ramsey. Jags would then have 3 3rd picks – hard to resist. We get Ramsey for essentially a 3rd round pick and pick 7th for an OT, OG, or DE.

    https://247sports.com/nfl/pittsburgh-steelers/Article/What-it-would-probably-take-to-trade-for-Jalen-Ramsey-124661428/

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    • That would be a dynamite idea there mac. Him for a third?! I love that idea.

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  33. That would be a reach for White… maybe even an extreme reach. I’ve seen him mocked highest (other than here) at #8, but also seen him drop to #24 in mocks. I wouldn’t be against trading down to (somewhere around) 10 and taking him there, but he’s just not expected by anyone other than here to go as high as 5. Like many others, I love the Dieter pick and would be stoked if we go that way. RB at 3? With no CB taken? When CB is our biggest need? Ugh! No, make that double ugh! CB in the 4th just seems like too little, too late, even if the Bucs have had success in the 4th round (Jordan Whitehead and Kwon Alexander come to mind immediately). A project tackle in the 5th is fine, and the 7th? Who really cares?

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  34. Devin White may be the best player available at 5 and the Bucs currently have no inside LBers…starters that is. It would be a great pick.

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  35. Ryan24 I totally agree. Jonah Williams, it is being reported, is not even seen as an OT by half the scouts out there and is carrying a second-round grade. Furthermore outside of our own PR board analyst, everyone loves White.
    Beyond that is a misconception of what the Bucs have done wrong in the past. Passing up a potentially great player for a potentially good one is just that.

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  36. And so here we are once again entering the Conference Championship weekend with our attention to the 2019 Draft instead of our “eyes focused on the prize” like those Chiefs, Patriots, Rams and Saints fans. Sadly, many of us are more interested in the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl since our favorite team is once again on the outside looking in.

    So now we all get a chance to become amateur GM’s. Pewter Report has published it’s first Mock Draft. Of course the name of the article would be more appropriate if it were titled, “Mocked Draft” since that’s what the readers tend to do to these offerings.

    What I find most comical every year is that even though most claim they prescribe to the “Best Player Available” approach, all of the prognosticators focus on “Need”. At # 5 we better be taking the best player because with so many weaknesses, it’s going to be a need either now or in the near future. That said, I’ve always believed if the best player isn’t a need then perhaps a trade-down is in order. I agree that we may be in the sweet spot for a team seeking a QB to target.

    I know this much. Jason Licht better get this one right. That, “It’s the coach’s fault” excuse is no longer available.

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  37. White at 5 wouldn’t be bad, IF he turns out to be a Luke Keuchly or Ray Lewis type of linebacker, effectiveness wise

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  38. If we can get a top LT despite a small trade down to get one or more extra picks I would be all for it. There are a ton of RBs in this draft that can help us (5 just in the Shrine Game today) but they all must be able to break tackles running between the Tackles. Let BA develop Jones to be our long run RB. Or maybe if Warhop talks up D. Smith for LT with Jax we may be able to trade him for their first round LSU RB who has fallen out of favor there. We need to pick up a veteran CB in Free Agency who has good size and speed to play man or zone. Unless BA can develop Spence’s career as an outside LB in a three four who can also blitz the passer, we need to use a second pick for a good DE the size of PFF or Nassib. I have faith that Cappa will develop into an outstanding RT under BA and I know Liedtke can play there too. We do need to draft a third round OG who can play for us this year and a backup DT in the fourth. Until BA can teach Jameis to score 60 per cent or better in the Red Zone he needs to keep Fitz who we know could come in just in the Red Zone and do so. A veteran QB is a must if Jameis gets injured again too—not a rookie.

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    • Love your idea of trading Smith to Jags…. Maybe put that in a deal that includes Ramsey, swapping picks…..

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  39. I suddenly understand Scott’s many puzzling articles defending JL. He apparently doesn’t understand that we are not playing fantasy football either!!

    Behaviors like not drafting an OT until the fifth round are precisely why our collection of skill players (and *maybe* Winston himself) have been chronic under performers during JL’s half decade reign of mediocrity.

    You would have thought that after years of many posters on this board (and eventually others in the media) making this point that the lightbulb would have finally gone on for SR. Apparently, unbelievably, it has not.

    I have trouble believing BA would let JL make that mistake (yet again). He has to be more involved than that…right? The only positive way to spin this is if SR is knowingly putting up a smoke screen for JL, wouldn’t be a surprise given the non-stop cheerleading.

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  40. I’m sure this is a test draft predominantly for formatting purposes. If not then I like many others advocate trading down to a to a QB needy club, I’m not sure the word is out but the Buc’s are allowed to select prospects from Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State. I applaud the LSU choice, but Ebron, Memphis, James Madison? I realize Marpet worked out but few will suggest in this draft we skipped over some Huge upgrades. Just because a guy goes to a national champion school or top 10 NCAA institution doesn’t mean he is a busts. Its early in the off season and this is just a trial run, but I truly hope more thought would be considered especially with a #5 pick draft.

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  41. I think that people really need to calm the f down about this “mock.” If you look at this as a more of a suggestion of what could happen in every round, you get a better sense of what I think Reynolds is trying to do. Especially considering he never mentions whether the Bucs are trading down or staying put in each scenario or what other teams have done (except with the Devin White selection). We pray Kwon will be healthy and resigned and Kendell will be health and we don’t have to see this scenario go down as this may be the worst case scenario for pick 1 but getting this scenario out the way with the first mock, and just having it at the back of people’s mind, is a good idea. Also, it’s January, we still have Senior Bowl, the Combine, Pro Days, Prospect Visits, and free agency, just have some fun and live a little. Plus in the next mock every pick could be different. Just keep an eye on the possibility of these guys. Overall, I agree on a lot of the direction of these picks but Tampa could do better. An underrated need, and likely for our first pick, is going EDGE. They say you can never have too many pass rushers and I don’t want to see JPP play 933 snaps (According to Pro Football Reference) again, let’s get that number down please. For me, it’s Quinnen Williams at number 5, if he’s not available, trade down, get more picks, and get an EDGE (Clelin Ferell and Brian Burns are guys that I know of right now that would be awesome picks). DL depth is such an underrated need for this team that I hope they are invested on early. Gerald’s contract is too big and he’s not getting any younger (although I hope for a contract restructure rather than him getting cut cause I still think he’s awesome), Gholston sucks, Unrein was in concussion protocol for like 5 months wtf, and Beau Allen and Vinny Curry are backups at best and not worth 13mill. Imo, the Vita Vea pick becomes even more right. Let’s take advantage of this incredible DL class! Imo, the problem with the secondary was scheme and experience. The scheme is fixed with Bowles’ aggressive scheme but drafting a CB high is not fixing the experience problem. The amount of mocks that I’ve seen just place Greedy Williams for us has just gotten so annoying at this point and I just believe it’s not happening, fight me on that. Ideally, I hope the Bucs focus on DB’s in free agency and invest on the trenches early in the draft, hopefully 2 picks for each the OL and DL.

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  42. Some pretty decent picks here Scott. I’m with you on the LB thing. I think once Bruce’s ace staff start reviewing film, they will see a need there. I’ve not been impressed with out linebacking core. They just miss..to much. I don’t think we go after a QB though. The young backup we have now will get his chance. I think he has what it takes. Arians is fond of strong linemen. So we will be drafting there. I also see us picking up a couple more draft choices. Somebody’s gonna get traded. I don’t know who. But its coming.

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